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World War II Jewish Warsaw ghetto in provides blueprint for how US might contain coronavirus

Gary Stix | 
A paper published on [July 24] in Science Advances reports on a sophisticated mathematical analysis that shows how personal hygiene, quarantines, social distancing and ...
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Gene-edited crops that ‘communicate with environment’ could launch next green revolution

Sara Reardon | 
Researchers at the Institute of Network Biology in Germany and their colleagues .... published a study in Nature showing that ...
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Pangalactic intelligence: Here’s a guess about how many aliens in the universe

Anil Ananthaswamy | 
[I]n excess of four billion years ago, practically as soon as our planet had sufficiently cooled from its fiery formation, ...
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Infographic: Power of evolution? How oak trees came to dominate North American forests

Over the course of some 56 million years, oaks, which all belong to the genus Quercus, evolved from a single undifferentiated ...
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What brain wiring has to do with cognitive differences in humans and other animals

Michele Solis | 
A persistent question about [brain] connectomes has to do with what, if anything, distinctive wiring patterns have to do with ...
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Viewpoint: Telescoping coronavirus vaccine testing and approval timelines exposes all of us to unnecessary dangers

William Haseltine | 
We all hope for a rapid end to the pandemic and an effective vaccine would be a surefire solution. But ...
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Human hibernation? Brain ‘snooze button’ could help astronauts survive long-term space travel

Simon Makin | 
The mechanisms that control torpor and other hypothermic states—in which body temperatures drop below 37 degrees Celsius—are largely unknown. Two ...
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Brain stimulation could help you get stronger, faster

Brock Armstrong | 
[Halo Neuroscience CEO Brett Wingeier] said that they make a headset which stimulates your brain to help you get better, ...
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How ancient fish fins gave rise to modern human hands

John Long | 
In 1859 Charles Darwin remarked… in On the Origin of Species: “What can be more curious than that the hand ...
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Infographic: How COVID-19 invades the body, step by step

The newest coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has created a far deadlier pandemic in part because once it infects a person it can ...
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Why do some scents trigger powerful memories?

Sabrina Stierwalt | 
Anecdotally, many of us have had experiences where a certain smell—perhaps chlorine, fresh baked cookies, or the salty beach air—floods ...
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Are there benefits to exercising while sick?

Brock Armstrong | 
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), for the majority of fitness enthusiasts engaged in 30-60 minutes of ...
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Mindfulness relieves labor pain, improves postnatal recovery

Jade Wu | 
Research has shown that even under extreme circumstances, like during childbirth, we can (and should) practice mindfulness. Of course, it ...
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Symphony of scents: Why do flowers smell different from rotting fish?

Bret Stetka | 
In the deep recesses of the nose are millions of sensory neurons that, along with our eyes and ears, help ...
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Motivation complex: What explains that extra burst of energy as we near completing a goal or task?

Kassie Brabaw, Katy Milkman | 
Whatever it is you’re striving to achieve, science shows you’re likely to push harder the closer you feel to the ...
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How COVID-19 works to destroy our sense of smell

Leslie Kay | 
[A]nosmia [loss of sense of smell] seen with COVID-19 is present in 30–98 percent of infected people seen in hospitals, ...
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Viewpoint: We still don’t know how deadly COVID-19 is—and why it doesn’t really matter

Clayton Dalton | 
We’ve learned an incredible amount about the novel coronavirus these last few months… But we’re still struggling to answer what ...
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Ignorance is bliss? Why people prefer to remain unaware of potentially unpleasant but useful information

Francesca Gino | 
A study of more than 2,000 people in Germany and Spain by Gerd Gigerenzer of the Max Planck Institute for ...
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Infographic: Deadly opioid overdoses are way more common than we think

Jillian Kramer | 
Researchers looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on about 630,000 people who died of drug ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics research was supposed to change human health. Is it time to reconsider investments in the field?

Erik Parens | 
Since its birth 30 years ago, proponents of the Human Genome Project have promised that genetics research would yield untold ...
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The problem with winter: Indoor heating creates an easy pathway for coronavirus to spread

Akiko Iwasaki | 
It is obvious that in winter, indoor heating causes a difference between indoor and outdoor temperature. But what we are ...
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Explaining near-death experiences and why they aren’t always ‘blissful’

Christof Koch | 
Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are triggered during singular life-threatening episodes when the body is injured by blunt trauma, a heart ...
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‘Cognitive technologies’: Automated supply chains could alleviate pandemic-fueled food shortages

Frederic Laluyaux, Ram Krishnan | 
As the coronavirus crisis takes a massive toll on global markets, officials are increasingly raising alarms about the food supply ...
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How the stigma surrounding addiction keeps people from seeking treatment

Nora Volkow | 
Stigma is a problem with health conditions ranging from cancer and HIV to many mental illnesses. Some gains have been ...
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We need a quick, cheap test for coronavirus antibodies. It also needs to be accurate

Jim Daley | 
An inexpensive coronavirus test that millions of Americans could use at a pharmacy, in a workplace or even at home ...
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Zapping the brain with electrical pulses allows blind patients to ‘see’ letters

Nicoletta Lanese | 
Scientists sent patterns of electricity coursing across people’s brains, coaxing their brains to see letters that weren’t there. The experiment ...
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Does smoking pot lower your IQ? New study challenges current thinking

Godfrey Pearlson | 
As access to marijuana increases—and while acceptance of the drug grows and perception of its harmfulness diminishes—it is important to ...
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Dinosaur DNA discovered?

Riley Black | 
The tiny fossil is unassuming, as dinosaur remains go. ... But it may contain something never before seen from the ...
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